Green Building Movement And Need For Filtration Keeps Rolling Along
Despite the current economic downturn, 92% of building professionals continue to support the Green Building movement. Support for LEED certification has slipped a little to just 62% among building professionals. Those are just two of the findings of the recently published 4th Annual Green Building Survey. The annual survey is a joint effort by Allen Matkins, CTG, and the Green Building Insider. It surveyed over 1,600 design and construction professionals from around the U.S., and claims to be the largest survey of Green Building professionals focusing on green and sustainable construction.
The survey results seem to indicate a realization that the Green Building movement is here to stay, aided in part by expanding government mandates and the continuing efforts of industry associations. The soon to be released ASHRAE standard 189.1 is an example of this -- a standard which sets the foundation for Green Buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. Another positive trend is the recent creation of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). This code represents the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable Green Building codes, and represents the joint efforts of the International Code Council (ICC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). Quite a step forward in cooperation and agreement of green initiatives.
Other findings in the Green Building Survey include:
- 88% of respondents said they are more likely to include energy saving or sustainable elements in their future construction projects, which was a 14% increase from the previous year
- 97.5% said they believe energy costs will continue to increase in the future
- Of those respondents who said they had helped build and certify a LEED-New Construction project to the Gold level, 51% said the added construction costs to attain that level were 4% or higher.
- The most important reason for building LEED, green, or sustainable projects is to "save energy and other operating costs."
According to the Department of Energy, a building's HVAC system accounts for 40-60% of the total energy usage in commercial and residential buildings. So keeping that system running efficiently is one of the best things you can do. Effective cooling tower filtration is a great way to accomplish this goal.
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